With its curtains soon reopening after a COVID-19 intermission, the Rochester Opera House is gearing up for a new act of its theater’s rich past.
The Opera House’s employees have been busy in recent weeks renovating the 31 Wakefield St. theater to improve its ambiance, restore features that helped it earn its place on the National Register of Historic Places, and make its business model more pandemic compatible.
“It’s been 24 years since we reopened the Opera House,” said Executive Director Anthony Ejarque. “We’ve had a lot of activity in there and the place needed a little spiffin’ up.”
The upgrades include work by the Opera House’s technical and theater crafts staff to re-stencil murals and repaint every wall. Ejarque said a deep burgundy and a shade of gold have been added back into the venue’s color palette after years of being a footnote in the 1908 building’s history.
“We are hoping the theater is going to feel more like a venerable historic opera house and less like a dusty old theater,” he said.
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